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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/11/2020.

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 279-COC4422-A

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
St Richards Hospital, Chichester
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata

Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people, who wish to be valued for their work and empowered to improve the services we provide. Here are few reasons to join us:

Outstanding – we are the first acute hospital trust to have received the health watchdog’s highest rating in all key inspection areas. CQC October 2019

Top 10 – Western Sussex Hospitals is one the best hospital trusts to work for, according to the NHS Staff Survey, and among the top ten trusts in England where staff are most likely to recommend the care their colleagues provide. (NHS Staff Survey 2018)

Leading organisation – Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEO 2018 & 2019) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and learning.

Location – our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are on the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex has wonderful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, London and beyond.

More about us - Western Sussex is an acute trust with three hospitals; Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester provide emergency, inpatient and outpatient care; and Southlands in Shoreham-by-Sea provides outpatient care and day surgery. Since April 2017, the senior leadership team has also managed neighbouring trust Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Patient First - in 2015 the trust’s Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure we continue to improve patient care with lean management best practice at every level of the trust. Improvement huddles are just one example of extensive and ongoing cultural change that makes Western Sussex an exciting place to work.

The OT Service at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust based at St.

Richard's Hospital Chichester are currently seeking a full or part

time job share B6 Occupational Therapist to work in our General

Medical Team, to  include weekend cover as required. This is a 12

month short term contract or could be a secondment for an internal

candidate.  If you would like the opportunity to work flexibly in this busy and stimulating

environment, this would be the perfect job for you.


As part of the OT Department you will work alongside  B7, B6, B5, B4

and OT support staff to complete timely assessments and interventions,

 demonstrating sound clinical reasoning, a high level of autonomy and

the ability to make decisions around the safest and most appropriate

discharge destination.  You will also work collaboratively with

Doctors, Nurses to help identify those who need further medical

assessment and intervention, and link in with Community Services

regarding ongoing assessment and care.


The Gen Med team shares close links with  other inpatient teams

 including A&E, Neurology and Orthopaedics. We  cover a variety of

medical and elderly wards and conditions, including cardiology,

respiratory, gastroenterology, vascular, frailty, dementia and falls,

 and our staff are  instrumental in palliative care to support people

being fast tracked home. We also staff the Emergency floor which is a

 rapid turnaround ward to avoid unnecessary admission.


Previous experience of in-patient general medical wards is essential

and experience of admission avoidance is highly desirable, but you 

 will be provided with support and opportunities to develop your

knowledge and confidence.


You will work with OT support staff and you will be responsible for

their daily work and will gain experience of supervising other staff

and students.


We offer:-

* Good team support

* A supportive and reflective learning environment

* Regular professional formal and informal supervision with an annual

 personal development review.

* Opportunities to develop a wide range of core and specialist

 clinical skills

* Opportunity to engage in service wide clinical governance activities

* Commitment to practice placements with strong links to University of



 Katharine Carlisle

Occupational Therapy Operations Manager Western Sussex Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust Direct Dial: 01243 831521 St. Richard’s Hospital:

01243 788122 ext 35199



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  2. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.

  3. The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. All applicants who have a disability can opt to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme which means that providing they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, they will be offered an interview.

  4. Applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcomed and will be considered alongside all other applications. It is unlikely that the Trust will be able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test where there is a suitably qualified and skilled EU/EEA candidate available for work and in these circumstances, an overseas candidate will not be offered the post. A self-assessment for the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post applied for is available on the UKBA website.


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